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  • 14 Sep 2013

    5 Unique and Ethical New Baby Gifts

    Shopping for new arrivals is hard. Everyone is sure to have bought clothes, blankets and the obligatory teddies. Mum and dad no doubt have all the essentials covered too, so how does one go about choosing something a little different let alone something that is ethical, organic or sustainable on top of that. It’s a tall order, but we’ve come up with 5 beautiful, thoughtful and ethical gifts that are almost too good to give away. […] more

  • 11 Sep 2013

    Reflexology works

    As a trained reflexologist, I was delighted to hear that recent research found reflexology to be as effective as painkillers. Whilst I was practising, I often came across the opinion that reflexology had, at best, a placebo effect, and was, at worst, total mumbo jumbo. I have had conversations with friends during which I tried my best to describe how it worked only to be met with disbelieving stares. So research like this is always timely for alternative and complementary medicine practitioners. Whilst it doesn’t answer all the questions around reflexology, it certainly indicates that under controlled conditions, reflexology stands up to the test. […] more

  • 15 Aug 2013

    Make breastfeeding the new normal!

    Last week was world breastfeeding week and I was lucky enough to be nursing my beautiful just turned one year old, soon to be toddling, daughter. She is my second nursling, with my first starting an unbreakable nursing strike at just 14 months old. I had planned to go the whole hog, to get to two years and beyond and to allow her to self-wean. Sadly, she had other ideas and despite my best efforts it just didn’t seem to happen for us. Though this took a long time for me to get over, I feel sure that my current nursling is in it for the long haul. So, I’m choosing to focus on the positives! […] more

  • 1 Aug 2013

    Get breastfeeding support

    Several years ago, I went out with a group of female friends for a meal. Most of them were mums; two of us were not. One of the women brought her newborn son, and she breastfed him during our meal. The little guy was quite content and we were quite content to share an evening of food and friendship with this newest arrival. At least I thought we were, until the friend of mine who also wasn’t a mum whispered to me quietly whilst the others were talking; ‘I wish she didn’t do that at the table, don’t you? Not while we’re eating.’ […] more

  • 31 Jul 2013

    Coping with separation anxiety

    Whether it’s a sudden fear of strangers, crying when you leave the room or being suddenly fearful of pretty much everything, most children experience some form of separation anxiety - particularly toward the end of their first year. Newfound independence can bring uncertainty as your little one explores and tests new limits. […] more

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